A production company in Los Angeles was interested in a show called “Auction Kings” focusing on the world of auctions. The production company came to Paul Brown’s Sandy Springs gallery in late February 2009 to begin filming for the first 20 episodes. The show focuses mostly on Paul Brown, although occasionally it cuts to his father, Bob Brown.
Paul and Jon discover many valuable items in basements. One of them is an antique Wooton desk with a rich history. A woman also shows up at the auction house with an early 1900s Louis Vuitton trunk. Another seller has an authentic Samurai sword, a 1969 Vespa with a sidecar, and a frightening headhunter’s axe.
The show follows Paul Brown and his team as they source and sell unique items. It premieres on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and repeats on Wednesday at 1 p.m. It then airs on Sunday at 3 p.m. It is available on the Discovery Channel in the United States.
The first episode of “Auction Kings” aired Oct. 26 on Discovery Channel. Paul Brown held his first auction shortly after the show began airing. Each episode is comprised of three plots, which take about 30 minutes to film. The segments are then repeated six to 10 times over the week.
One item that Paul bids on is a guitar autographed by Johnny Cash. A 17th century chest of treasures also comes up for auction. Another item is a rare Wurlitzer band organ. Paul calls in his sister, an antique expert, to appraise a mysterious cabinet. Jon is also trying to impress his boss by helping out with the catalog.
The show’s auctions feature some interesting items that are often worth thousands of dollars. Many of the items are sourced from Paul’s gallery. His team is comprised of three other experts in different areas. One of his partners, Joel, owns a pawn shop down the street. He usually brings a piece to Paul for auction. Almost all of the episodes end with an altercation or finagling, with the item being bought.
Paul’s auctions also feature a number of repeat customers. While this may seem surprising, it is not unusual for his clients to bring items from past auctions. Occasionally, he will mention the price of items he sold to these people. For example, he once sold a piece of furniture worth $80,000. Other times, Paul will sell items at a fraction of their appraised value. If this happens, the buyer is usually pleased with the result.